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VIETNAM AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA

ONLY COIN OF TONKIN 

Tonkin 1/600 Piastre 1905Tonkin was a French protectorate, that later became part of North Vietnam.  Tonkin issued only a single coin, a zinc 1/600 Piastre, (1/6 cent) dated 1905.   The coin, commonly called a Sapeque, was intended to replace the widely used Annamese cash coins in circulation.  It was struck in the style of a cash coin: round with a square hole.  One side of the coin had Chinese legends, the other had French legends.  The coin proved to be unpopular with the Vietnamese and most never entered circulation. The coin is Uncirculated, however it will have some spots as is typical of zinc coins.
Item TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905, KM1 UNC.-spots $29.75




SOUTH VIETNAM 1968 20 DONG FAO COIN

South Vietnam 20 Dong coin 1968 FAO KM11In 1968 South Vietnam issued this unusual 12-sided coin as part of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) coin program.  One side depicts a female farmer with a sheaf of rice in a rice paddy.  The legend "CHIEN-DICH THE-GIOI CHONG NAN DOI" translates as "World campaign against hunger". The other side features the denomination.   It was the highest denomination released into circulatoin by South Vietnam before it fell to the communists in 1975.  The nickel-clad steel coin was struck at the Hamburg mint and has a mintage of 500,000 pieces.  It is an attractive coin from a fallen nation.
Item SVN-20D SOUTH VIETNAM 20 DONG FAO 1968 KM11 BU $7.00



NewFIRST COIN OF SOCIALIST VIETNAM

Socialist Vietnam 1 Hao 1976 coinNorth and South Vietnam were formally unified on July 2, 1976 to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  This aluminum 1976 1 Hao coin was one of the first coins issued by the unified government. One side features the emblem of Socialist Vietnam, the other has the denomination and date.  The coin was struck only a single year.
Item VN-1H SOCIALIST VIETNAM 1 HAO 1976 KM11 AU-UNC. $5.00





VIETNAMESE CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEETS

Vietnam 4 Meters Women's Cloth Ration Coupon sheet from Ho Chih Minh City, 1979
This cloth ration coupons were issued in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and are dated 1979.  In order to purchase cloth or clothing, one had to present the appropriate number of coupons.  Each sheet was good for 4 meters (about 13 feet) of material and contained 14 individual coupons with values ranging from 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) to 50 centimeters of material. Each sheet is made out to an individual. The pink ration coupons were issued to women.. The sheets of ration coupons are approximately 125mm x 85mm (5" x 3.5") and have a blank back.  The sheets have been redeemed however still contain all their individual coupons.  It is a rarely seen item that was issued not long after the fall of South Vietnam to the communists. 
Item PM-CLOTH-PINK VIETNAM WOMEN'S (PINK) CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEET $4.00



VIETNAM 2003 COIN SET  

Vietnam 2003 coin set KM71-KM75
In 2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a century.  An entire generation grew had grown up without ever using coins!  The government finally bowed to the requests of merchants and citizens who wanted the convenience of coins for use in vending machines. There were reports that many children who had never seen a coin before, tried to eat them thinking they were candy. Vietnam has not issued any coins for circulation since then. The brass 5000 Dong coin pictures the Chua Mot Cot temple in Hanoi. The brass 2000 Dong shows a traditional high-roofed house.   The brass 1000 Dong shows a temple in the ancient capital of Hue. The copper-nickel 500 and 200 Dong coins portray the denomination in large numerals.  All five coins are dated 2003 and show the arms Vietnam on the obverse.  The coins were minted a single year and circulated only briefly. Since then no further coins have beeen released for circulation.   Because of inflation they are no longer used.  The government has recalled them for melting, making them difficult to obtain.
Item VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG, 2003 KM71-75, UNC. $9.75



BEAUTIFUL OLD BANKNOTE OF THE KINGDOM OF LAOS

Laos 100 Kip note, (1957) P6
Laos 1 Kip note, (1962) P8
This beautiful and colorful Laotian 100 Kip note printed by the Bank of France was introduced in 1957.  The front features King Sisavang Vong, a chalice and Naga Dragons.  The back includes a woman in traditional costume with a bowl of roses.  Erawan, the three headed elephant appears in the coat of arms in the watermark. The large size note measures 170x107mm.  The note is Uncirculated but has staple holes as that is how they were often distributed the National Bank. Also available is the small Kingdom of Laos 1 Kip note released by the National Bank in 1962.  The brown note features a stylized mythological figure on the front and Erawan, the three headed elephant on the back.  The note measures 100x60mm
Item PM-LA-100K KINGDOM OF LAOS 100 KIP BANKNOTE (1957) P6 AU-UNC.-staple hole $15.00
Item PM-LA-1KIP KINGDOM OF LAOS 1 KIP BANKNOTE P8 (1962) UNC. $2.00




COINS OF LAOS  

Lao People's Democratic Republic 1980 coin set
Laos is a landlocked nation bordering Vietnam.  It rarely issues coins for circulation.   In 1980  Laos issued its first coins for circulation in 28 years. These consisted of the 10, 20 and 50 Att, struck in aluminum and issued by the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  The designs of the coins feature the denomination in large numbers, with a small picture below. A woman holding grain is on the 10 Att, a farmer plowing is on the 20 Att and a fish is on the 50 Att.  The reverse features the national arms, which include a hammer and sickle.
Item S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3 COIN SET, 10 - 50 ATT KM22-24 UNC. $4.50


 PATHET LAO LIBERATION BANKNOTE 

Laos 10 Kip banknote (1968) P20
In April 1968, the communist Pathet Lao forces introduced these notes in the areas of the Laos that they controlled.  Following their victory in 1975 the notes were used throughout Laos.  This red 10 Kip issued by the Patht Lao depicts nurses with patients and soldiers planting bamboo booby-traps. Maybe the nurses are treating the unintended victems of the booby-traps.
Item PM-LA-10K PATHET LAO 10 KIP NOTE P20 UNC.  $3.00




SMART AND LUCKY OLD CAMBODIAN COIN

Cambodia 2 Pe KM11 (1847)The Chinese character “Chi” meaning “Luck” is depicted above a Hamza bird on the Cambodian 2 Pe (1/2 Fuang) minted about 1847.  The mythical Hamza bird represents knowledge, so the coin is both smart and lucky.  They were good skills for Cambodia to have at that time as both Vietnam and Thailand were trying to gain control the country through members of its royal family.  The undated, uniface copper coin is about 12mm in diameter.
Item KH-2PE CAMBODIA COPPER 2 PE (circa 1847) KM11 Fine $5.00



TRADITIONAL THEMES ON CAMBODIAN COINS 

Cambodia 1994 Four coin set: 50 - 500 Riels
In 1994, with the restoration of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the return of peace after decades of war, Cambodia issued its first coins for circulation in 15 years.  The four coin set consists of the steel 50, 100 and 200 Riels coins and the bi-metallic 500 Riels. The designs were largely taken from previous coin issues and feature traditional Cambodian themes. The 500 Riels features the Royal coat-of-arms that was used on the 50 Sen of 1959.  The 200 Riels has the Consititution and urn design that was used on the 1959 20 Sen coin.   The 100 Riels depicts a temple at Angkor Wat that was used on the unreleased 1970 1 Riel coin.  The 50 Riels pictures Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. It was built in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France. Cambodian legends are on the reverse of each coin. 
Item S-KH-SET94 CAMBODIA 1994 4 COIN SET KM92-95 UNC. $6.00




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